Pashupati Temple – what you need to know

पशु [pashu] – livestock मन्दिर [mandir] – temple मुख [mukha] – face क्षेत्र [kshetra] – area पशुपतिनाथ मन्दिर [Pashupatinaath Mandir] is the temple of the God Pashupatinaath. नाथ simply means „Lord“. So often the God is refered to just as पशुपति. पति means „Master“ and पशु means „livestock, animals“. So he is the „Lord Master of the animals“. He is a incarnation of Lord Shiva, ...

Nepali Phrase: “I love you so much”

Finally I have found the sentence that I am so prominently promoting in my first „Learn Nepali Online“ Video. After 4 years now I finally managed to find the sentence in the infamous language book. I am so proud of myself! Look here on page 217 of the „Basic course in spoken Nepali“ you will find this: So I was always right. I honestly thought ...

How high is the risk of an earthquake in Nepal now?

भुकम्प [bhukampa] – earthquake जोखिम [jokhim] – risk मृत्यु [mRtyu] – death , मृत्युहरू [mRtyuharu] – deaths भूमि [bhuumi] – soil, ground When you look at the earthquake catalog of Nepal it becomes quite apparent that there are several lower magnitude earthquakes happening every year. Nepal is a high risk earthquake nation, located at the contact line between two tectonic plates: The Indian plate which ...

The usage of the -le / -ले particle in Nepali

The -le / -ले particle in Nepali is attached to the subject (noun or pronoun) of a sentence with a transitive verb in the most common of the past tenses: Simple past (used as example in the video), Present perfect and Past perfect. Other past tenses do not need the -le particle: Past habituous and past continuous. To know with which verbs to use -le, ...

Labial Consonants in Nepali Devanagari

Labial consonant refers to a consonant that is produced with the lips. “labial” comes from Latin: Labia – the lip (lt.). In the case of the given devanagari consonants these sounds are all produced by pressing the libs together and then suddenly releasing/opening them. The sound is produced in the moment of release. प फ ब भ – pa pha ba bha They follow the ...

7 reasons to learn Nepali and one bonus reason

अंग्रेजी [a~grejii] (English) तिन [tin] (three) भाषा [bhaasha] (language) नदी [nadii] (river) There are different reasons to study Nepali and different desired levels of proficiency in relation to that. I have wrecked my brain a little and came up with the following list. Wanting to communicate with the locals during your vacation in Nepal Wanting to communicate with your Nepali partner or friend in their ...

Why did I learn Nepali?

गोड्ने [godDne] (weeding) मन [man] (being, mind, heart) बिस्तारै [bistaarai] (slowly) किताब [kitaab] (book) चिया [ciyaa] (tea) भात [bhaat] (cooked rice) चामल [caamal] (harvested uncooked rice) धान [dhaan] (rice on the field, therefore not harvested) My first trip to Nepal in 2001 (at the age of 19) was cut short because of serious problems I had developed with my back: My left leg had started ...

Will Nepal’s tourism revive in October 2015?

अर्थ / अर्थनीति [artha(-niiti)] (economy) माैसम [mausam] (weather) विदेशी [wideshii] (foreign) पहिरो [pahiro] (landslide) Tourism has been an important part of Nepal’s अर्थ / अर्थनीति [artha(-niiti)]. Statistics suggest that it has contributed almost 4% of GDP in 2013 (which interestingly is low in global comparison – the average global GDP contribution of tourism is almost 10%). Obviously, after the earthquake, shocked tourists have rushed out ...

How to empower Nepal?

पैसा [paisaa] (money) विकास [wikaas] (development) शक्ति [shakti] (power, energy) वातावरण [waataawaraN] (environment) स्वार्थ [swaarth] (selfishness) गुनासो [gunaaso] (complain) I have donated money two weeks ago to the Party BibekSheel Nepali as it was recommended to me from several people whose judgment I trust as doing effective work. Of course there is never a certainty that this is true, but no other source had been ...

Palatal Devanagari Consonants in Nepali

Non-sounding, nonaspirated : च (ca) Non-sounding, aspirated: छ (cha) Sounding, non-aspirated: ज (ja) Sounding, aspirated: झ (jha) Nasal (which will be discussed elsewhere) These sounds are produced between the palate (the roof of the mouth) and the body of the tongue (in contrast to the retroflex sounds which are produced with the tip of tongue). Tips for practicing the pronunciation: – Test the aspiration with ...